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Saudi Sisters Escape to Georgia and Plead for Asylum on Twitter
According to the Kingdom’s male guardian laws, women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to travel without permission from a male family member. Thanks to a secret online network of dissident women, the sisters found a workaround to get out of the Kingdom.
The girls stole their father’s phone and signed into the Saudi government-backed “woman-tracking” application called Absher. From there, they reset the password and then granted themselves permission to leave the country. The girls won’t say where they got their passports.
The controversial app is provided by both Google and Apple. Absher allows a Saudi man to do things like order passports or government documents online. The app also will send male users SMS alerts when their female presents a passport at any border, in case the female tries to flee without permission.
Basically, this allows a man to track his women’s movements. Remember those 1,000 women a year who escape? This is how Saudi men intend stop them.
According to TIME, “The app allows male users to log the information of their dependents and to grant or revoke permission for them to travel at the click of a button.”
Ah yes. American tech companies. Companies run by a bunch of amoral jackals for whom there is nothing they won’t stoop to if it will make them a dollar.